Educational Arts Party by Ali Dee Unlock your hidden Picasso by discovering the joy of painting in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy your original creation for years to come. Murphy, NC 28906, United States 828.557.9377

Bringing together a love of the arts and the joy of having fun!

You’ll provide the location (with table/chairs and water source), beverages and snacks and we’ll provide you and your guests with all the supplies to complete a beautiful piece of art that each person will take home with them.

Price per person ranges from $20-$26. Maximum of 25 and minimum of 8 participants.

For more information, please email Ali Dee at or call 828.557.9377
Cherokee County Arts Council The Mission of the Cherokee County Arts Council is to promote and increase access to all forms of art in our county! 33 Valley River Avenue, Murphy, NC 28906, United States 828-360-3038 Cherokee County Historical Museum Cherokee County Historical Museum 89 Peachtree Street, Murphy, NC 28906, United States 828-837-6792

A bear and an eagle guard the Cherokee County Historical Museum in downtown Murphy. They represent new security at the museum on Peachtree Street. The painted bear represents the Trail of Tears and is part of the Bear Trail, a series of painted bears on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee. There also is a bear at the Eastern Bank of Cherokee Indians community center in Marble and two others in Robbinsville.

The museum has a 5,000 piece Native American artifact display. The artifacts were found in Cherokee County and are displayed in four showcases.
Christian Martial Arts Center Christian Martial Arts 56 Valley River Ave, Murphy, NC 28906, United States 828-835-4800 Curiosity Shop Bookstore Curiosity Shop Bookstore 46 Valley River Avenue, Murphy NC 28906 828-835-7433

Curiosity Shop offers books, maps, guides and locally crafted candy and gifts. Our local and regional section with maps, guidebooks, hiking, nature and regional history and literature, greets the out-of-towners exploring or relocating to our area. Additionally, we can help you find the perfect souvenir or gift for any occasion. We are also Andrews’ disc golf headquarters, featuring Innova discs. Come, pay us a visit in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine from The Daily Grind & Wine, while browsing our wonderful selection of books and art. Free gift-wrap, and we ship anywhere.   If we don’ t have it, we will get it! Internet Access available.

Fort Butler Fort Butler , Murphy NC 28906

President Andrew Jackson sent 7,000 troops into Western North Carolina to build six forts to oversee the removal of the Cherokee to Oklahoma.  The largest was Fort Butler, built at the present site of Murphy on the Hiwassee River.

Glenmary Activities Center 731 Andrews Rd, Murphy NC 28906 828-835-9141

Place of worship


John C. Campbell Folk School John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. 1 Folk School Rd, Brasstown, NC 28902, United States 828-837-2775

John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.

Folks come together in this haven, tucked in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains, to have creative and fun learning experiences. The Folk School’s motto, “I sing behind the plow,” reflects our desire to find joy in our daily lives.

Programs & Classes

You’ll find deep satisfaction in the development of creative skills in a supportive, hands-on learning environment at the Folk School. We offer adults more than 800 weeklong and weekend classes year-round in traditional and contemporary craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. Friendly, knowledgeable instructors teach our small-sized classes.

Craft Shop

The Folk School’s Craft Shop reflects the rich heritage of our Appalachian region and the talented artisans who live and work locally and regionally. Representing over 300 craftspeople, it offers everything from decorative jewelry to functional fireplace poker sets. Take home handcrafted pottery, turned wood bowls, and fiber creations like scarves and table linens. The Craft Shop is also proud to be the home of the world-renowned Brasstown Carvers.

Concert Series

The Folk School’s free Friday night concert series features some of the finest regional and national acts performing old-time, bluegrass, folk, gospel and Celtic music.

Community Dances

Community dances are usually held every other Saturday evening and are relished by local residents and visitors who enjoy contra and square dancing to live music.

History Center

The History Center traces the story of the Folk School from its beginning and provides an overview of Appalachian culture. It houses a collection of handcrafted objects, old documents and letters, and photographs; including those of famed photographer Doris Ulmann.

Nature Trails

Numerous walking trails meander the 300-acre campus, including the Rivercane Walk, a creekside trail with art honoring the Cherokee heritage of the Appalachian area.”
Legend Has It Tour Historical and Paranormal Tour Murphy, NC 28906, United States

During this tour, you will have the opportunity to hear our colorful history, catch a glimpse of our paranormal friends if they decide to be seen and possibly use some of the latest paranormal equipment in person. Yes, this is the same equipment used on many of the popular paranormal shows.
During the walk, you will hear facts about the historical sites, some of which are on the national register for historical locations. Learn interesting yet little known facts about the Civil War in Murphy, the Trail of Tears, Abraham Lincoln’s father and of course the legends behind them.
The walking shepherds (members of the Cherokee County Paranormal Society) will also entertain you with the ghost side of the legends. You will experience the visual and audible side of the paranormal if we are lucky to have some “invisible” guests with us. At Harshaw Chapel, there will be infrared cameras taking live video of other worldly events happening right before your eyes, laser thermometers that read ambient temperatures from 70 and 80 degrees drop rapidly to below 30 degrees and that’s just the start………
At Harshaw Chapel, you will have the ability to refresh yourself with water on your journey.
We encourage participants to bring digital recorders, cameras, and any paranormal devices they might have. Cherokee County Paranormal Society, who hosts this event, also supplies the tour group with actual paranormal equipment to use on the tour.
For further information, please go to or and click on the top “2014 Legend Has It Tour”.
Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail P.O. Box 1152, Murphy NC 28906

This beautiful greenway follows the Valley River and Hiwassee River surrounding the historic town center of Murphy, North Carolina. The 3 mile walking trail includes a center loop at the confluence of these two rivers on the backwaters of Lake Hiwassee. Whether you take the trail on foot or put in for an easy paddle along the canoe trails, you’ll enjoy the ecology and cultural heritage along the way.

Click here to preview map of Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail
Nantahala Regional Library Andrews NC and Murphy NC Murphy, NC, United States

The Murphy library contains about 12,000 fiction books, 700 audiobooks and 1,300 DVDs. The Andrews Public library offers a computer lab and has a total of about 20,000 books, plus auiobooks and DBDs.

The Murphy Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday

The Andrews Public Library is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Rustic Furniture Workshops by Jo Kilmer Amaze Yourself at what you can build in one of Jo’s down to earth rustic workshops. A unique and fun experience to treasure. Martins Creek Road, Murphy NC 28906 828-837-4866

All the wood and nails are provided.  You just bring your tools and your love of nature. Jo then lets you be your own artist as she easily guides you while you design and build your very own piece of rustic art. Get Your Tree Hug On!
Smoky Mountain Flyers 5840 Andrews Road, Andrews NC 28901 828-644-5296

Smoky Mountain Flyers is a flight school offering sight-seeing flights based at the Western Carolina Regional Airport, Andrews.

Spirit Tall Jo Kilmer - Rustic Artist teaches or sells her craft. Address 499 Midway Creek, Murphy, NC 28906 828-837-4866

Jo Kilmer hosts Rustic Workshops where you can build your very own:

Garden Trellis, Rustic Side Table, Basket, Bentwood Shevles, Rustic Chair

Rustic Workshops are fun and affordable. Jo supplies all the wood and nails. You just need to bring a few tools. Atypical workshop lasts 4 hours. Call Jo and set up your rustic workshop…
The Great Paint Escape "Paint Your Own" Pottery Studio 1681 Marrestop Road, Murphy, NC 28906 706-400-0567

We are a “Paint Your Own” Pottery Studio with a Country Mountain feel…we offer a wide range of bisque products to paint and we glaze & fire for you. We request reservations for all including groups, parties and schools. Art instruction is part of our services! All products are non-toxic, microwave and oven safe to 350 degrees. Beautiful, serene, relaxing environment.
Tours of Murphy Tours of Murphy Murphy, NC 28906 828-835-3527

We are a veteran owned company in Murphy, NC offering tours of some of the area’s most historical and exciting places. Each of the tours have been carefully selected to represent the best the area has to offer; not only in entertainment but in historical and cultural heritage.

Truett Baptist Association Truett Baptist Association 2235 N. C. 141, Marble NC 28905 828-837-5401

Listing of all Baptist Churches
Ye Ole Goat Farm Take Hwy. 129 to Martins Creek Road and turn on to Hughes Road (look for our sign) and follow the road to the end. 702 Hughes Road, Murphy, NC 28906, United States 828-837-0345

Family owned and run since 1999 with a vast knowledge of goats from experience. Come watch the kids frolic in their playground and feed them a morsel or two. There is also a small gift shop on the farm offering paintings and locally made crafts. About 20-40 goats at all times depending on the birthing season. Open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursdays- Saturdays at their location on Hughes Road.

If possible visit before noon or after 5 pm due to the heat. Goats are fed at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.